Category: Science and Tech.

Many U.S. Cities Lack Sufficient Tech Talent. This Nigerian-Born Entrepreneur Wants to Change That

Last year, Amazon took one long, highly publicized look across the U.S. and came to a simple but devastating conclusion: For the most part, American cities did not have an adequate number of talented tech workers to support its planned second headquarters.

One Nigerian-born, St. Louis-based entrepreneur wants to change that.

Five years ago, Ola Ayeni was struggling to find enough full-stack developers for Eateria, a digital marketing tool for the restaurant and hospitality industry. Faced with an almost insurmountable problem, Ayeni did what all natural-born entrepreneurs do: He tried to solve it himself.

In October 2014, Ayeni launched Claim Academy. Initially, its mission was to train developers for Ayeni’s startup.

Today, Claim Academy is one of the fastest growing, most accomplished coding schools in the country, placing graduates in startups and large multinational companies.

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Gray Matters Capital Selects Two African Start-Ups for its Digital Self-Learning to Earning Accelerator GMC Calibrator

Gray Matters Capital, a US-based impact investor focused on the funding for-profit social enterprises in markets of Africa, India, Latin America, USA and South East Asia, has announced the names of the start-ups which have made it to the second cohort of its GMC Calibrator Program.

The GMC Calibrator is a Digital Self-learning to Earning Accelerator launched by Gray Matters Capital in April 2018 with an aim to make the mobile phone a device to promote Self Learning to Earning by improving user engagement, monetization and optimization of mobile learning platforms. This is done by understanding and implementing the principles of behavioural science and data driven decision making.

The cohort of March 2019 of the program has two start-ups from Africa – Sierra Leone based Mobile Learning Platform for Financial Inclusion Mosabi and Kenya s leading Parenting Website Mums Village joining seven other start-ups from India and Vietnam.

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